The WVC Sustainability Committee and Global Citizenship Committee proudly present the
Third Annual Earth Stewardship Symposium
(formerly called the Climate Change/Sustainability Symposium)
Thursday and Friday 23 & 24 April 2015
This event is described in an article by Khalida Sarwari that appeared in the Saratoga edition of the San Jose Mercury News on 15 April 2015.
Free parking in lot 5
Thursday 23 April 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the WVC Student Center
Renown historian of science, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, will speak about Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, a book that she and fellow historian, Dr. Erik Conway, published in 2010. In this book, they explain “how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades”; former Vice President Al Gore, author of An Inconvenient Truth, says: “Anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book.” Merchants of Doubt is now a major feature documentary film. Dr. Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science, Director of Graduate Studies and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University; her research focuses on consensus and dissent in science. After her talk, she will sign copies of her book, Merchants of Doubt.
Friday 24 April 24 in the WVC Theater Free parking in lot 7
8:30 to 9:00 am Welcome and continental breakfast
9:00 to 10:00 am
Watershed Sculpture will lecture on “Environmental Art in the Anthropocene.” Watershed Sculpture are two remedial environmental artists, Daniel McCormick and Mary OBrien, who “are compelled by the idea of using sculpture in a way that will allow the damaged areas of a watershed to reestablish themselves.” Their work focuses on “strategically congregating sculptural components made from riparian materials back into the watershed system.” Theirs is art that remediates the environment.
These artists have collaborated for over twenty years; their project, “Nature of Art,” with The Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch Preserve in Nevada’s Carson Valley is healing, amazing and beautiful. This short video describes the Nature Conservancy’s Watershed Sculpture installation near the Truckee River in Nevada. Bill Fox (Director of the Center for Art & Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno) calls Watershed Sculpture projects “art that walks in the world,” that is, their sculptures make a difference in real-world problems.
10:15 to 11:45 am
The feature-length documentary, Divide in Concord: The Bottled Water Ban Battle, will be screened. This 2014 film focuses on an 84-year-old woman, Jean Hill, who leads an effort to ban the sale of single serve plastic water bottles in the same small Massachusetts town, Concord, where in 1775 patriots began the Revolution that defined the United States–proving yet again that individuals and communities can spark significant change. The screening will be followed by Skype conversation with some of the filmmakers.
1:00 to 2:30 pm
“Our food chain is in crisis. Big agribusiness has made profits more important than your health—more important than the environment—more important than your right to know how your food is produced. But beneath the surface, a revolution is growing” (John Robbins, Voices of the Food Revolution: You Can Heal Your Body and Your World–With Food!
Social activist, humanitarian and author, John Robbins, will speak about his book, Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth. This acclaimed book is about the need for each person to become aware of what she eats and how nutrition is linked to the environment, animal rights and earth’s sustainability.
2:45 to 5:00 pm
“Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right” (Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General).
The feature-length documentary film, Flow: For Love of Water, will be screened. This film is about the water crisis on our earth, and the growing privatization of the world’s fresh water supply. Since its release in 2008, the film has served as a tool for water activists working with the Right To Water movement and the effort to have the General Assembly of the United Nations recognize and include the rights to water and sanitation in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Producer, Steven Starr, will introduce and discuss the film. A representative from Food and Water Watch will also speak with the audience. Food and Water Watch is an NGO and consumer rights group which “champions healthy food and clean water for all”; their mission: “We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.”